Ocean Vuong

Visiting Dates:

October 4th, 2017

A young Vietnamese man, Ocean Vuong, stands on stage reading.

Ocean Vuong visited RCAH's Wednesday Night Live on October 4th, 2017, and is the author of award winning book of poetry, "Night Sky with Exit Wounds." The book was the New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the Whiting Award, winner of the Thom Gunn Award a finalist for the Forward Prize (UK), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review. Also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers,” Vuong has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst. He is currently at work on his first novel.

He visited RCAH's Wednesday Night Live on October 4th, 2017.